Larkin Eating Tour
Some friends will be in town next weekend and I was thinking of taking them on an eating tour of the cheap eats places in the Larkin/Geary vicinty. Below is a first draft of the restaurants and their best dish. The idea is to stop at each place and only order one thing.
Did I miss any place great? Any dish edits?
Mangosteen - 601 Larkin - http://www.mangosteensf.com/index.html
Spicy Garlic Noodles & Lemongrass Beef
Bodega Bistro - 607 Larkin
Green Papaya Salad
Bambuddha Lounge - 601 Eddy -http://www.bambuddhalounge.com/
poolside cocktail stop
Turtle Tower - 631 Larkin
Pho Ga or Imperial Rolls
Pagolac - 655 Larkin
Beef 7 Ways dinner or Raw Beef Salad
Olive - 743 Larkin
Mekong Restaurant - 791 O'Farrell
Yellow pumpkin curry
Sai Jai Thai - 771 O'Farrell
Pork Shoulder Salad
Lahore Karahi - 612 O'Farrell
Thai House Express - 901 Larkin
Chan Pad Pu or Pork Leg Stew over rice
Whisky Thieves - 839 Geary
A la Turka - 869 Geary
Patucan Biber Kizartma
One problem based on my own similar attempts is they're all so close together. Might be good to include a few spots farther afield (the farmer's market if it's Sunday); Red Door at Larkin and California; and if possible a non-food stop or two so you have a little time to digest.
If you get the full dinner at Pagolac, you will have trouble putting anything else in your mouth. Not just beef--beef with butter. I started to beg for mercy half way through last time, and we hadn't been carousing around Larkin beforehand.
Edinburgh Castle should be on the list for a single malt.
At Lahore Karahi, tandoori fish every time. It's fantastic, and while it definitely has some oil in it, it may be a lighter alternative to some of your buttery, beefy, porky options.
If Tajine is open by then, it might also be a good stop a bit further away (Polk at Pine, I think).
Darbar- sarson ka saag is sooo good, made with Fresh mustard greens- on Polk btw-calif. and pine, or would that be Polk Gulch not sure where tenderloin actually ends
Ngoc Mai- has the wonderful Vietnamese noodle soup, the bun rieu (snailess, thank god) is delicious- 547 Hyde
I like your post!
opps I just realize you are not venturing off Larkin literally.. well try these another time.